This week we have the privilege of remembering and recognizing the greatest wide out to ever suit up for our beloved franchise; Jimmy Smith. I think we’re all hoping deep down that nostalgia will somehow aid us in grabbing a win over a team that has lost six of their last seven games. A positive result is certainly possible, but it won’t be fond memories that grant our wish. Lets look at how we can out on top this Sunday`.
Play clean. Man am I tired of including this key. All I can say is that the Vikings aren’t going to give this one away. Bradford has only thrown three interceptions all year and no active Vikings running back has a fumble this season. If the Jags turn the ball over more than once, we’ll lose.
Spread the field on offense. If Gus Bradley and Nathaniel Hackett aren’t centering their offensive game plan on the absence of Harrison Smith, then they never deserved to have the jobs that they’re on the verge of being fired from. The guy is the heart of their defense. He leads the team in tackles, and is a turnover-forcing machine. Our offensive strategy needs to be one where we’re targeting vulnerable areas of the field that are weakened by the absence of quality players due to injuries. What I mean by that is very simple; the Jaguars need to be calling plays that force the Vikings defense to defend the entire field, not just where our top targets are lined up.
Watch for creativity in the run game.It’s hard to imagine that there is a team worse at running the football then the Jaguars. In fact, there are a few teams that run the ball worse than us. The Vikings are one of them. They are in reality the worst team rushing team in the NFL, averaging a little over 80 yards per-game. By now, all teams know that the easiest way to move the ball against the Jaguars exceptionally underrated defense is to establish the line of scrimmage using the running game, control the tempo and wait for Blake Bortles to make a play for the opposition. So how will the worst rushing team in the NFL run the football? Look for the wide receivers to play a huge role in the running game. The Vikings have time and time again used motioning receivers to try and confuse the linebackers in their pre-snap reads. The Jaguars need to find the football and play a sound, disciplined game. Also, we need to see our cornerbacks get off blocks quickly and defend the line of scrimmage.
Once again we will see a matchup between two top tier defenses. Statistically, the Jaguars have been the better team the past few weeks. Let’s see if we can finally stop shooting ourselves in the foot and take home a W for Jimmy Smith. But, like always, Go Jags.
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